Derby Cathedral

Who's Who

The Very Rev'd Dr John Davies DL

The Very Rev'd Dr John Davies DL

The Dean of Derby

John Davies became Dean of Derby in October 2010. He had previously served in the diocese for ten years as Vicar of Melbourne, Director of Ordinands and Chairman of Industrial Mission. He has also represented the diocese on the General Synod.

John has been an Oxford College Chaplain, an inner city Vicar in Liverpool and a Curate in Peterborough where he was attached to the Cathedral. His role at Derby Cathedral is to focus its life and ministry, in the city, in the diocese and among all who come through its doors.

T: 01332 341201
E: dean@derbycathedral.org

The Revd Dr Simon Taylor

Canon Chancellor

Simon came to Derby in 2012 from Bristol, where he served as a parish priest. As well as serving as Canon Chancellor, Simon is also the Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Diocese of Derby. With a stall in the Cathedral and a desk in Church House, Simon co-ordinates training for the clergy of the Diocese of Derby, and especially for curates. Simon is married with two children, and enjoys Dr Who, real ale, most music and reading. He really ought to get out walking more often.

E: simon.taylor@derby.anglican.org
T: 01332 388650 

The Revd Chris Moorsom

Canon Precentor

Chris joined the Cathedral in March 2014: a Parish Priest for 30 years, mostly in Salisbury Diocese, he also held a portfolio for supporting parishes in Church Music in Worship. He is a musician, having sung in numerous choirs (including Christ Church Oxford, the Tallis Scholars and the Sherborne Chamber Choir), composes music, plays the violin and piano, and has an eclectic taste in music. He is married to Liz (a primary school Headteacher). They have four grown-up children, and three grandchildren. He also enjoys walking, cycling, reading, family get-togethers, drama and travelling.

T: 01332 341201
E: precentor@derbycathedral.org

The Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson

Canon Missioner

Elizabeth came to Derby in 2014 from a team parish in Witney and an earlier curacy in Somerset; originally from Edinburgh, she is gradually working her way north. Before she was ordained she taught English in schools in Edinburgh and Wells. She has walked to Santiago de Compostela twice and is wondering where to walk next. Her role as Canon Missioner is to explore, begin conversations and create links.

T: 01332 341201
E: missioner@derbycathedral.org

The Revd Andy Trenier

Assistant Curate

Andy joined Derby Cathedral on 1st July 2012, having recently completed three years of training at Cuddesdon in Oxford where he also assisted at St. Mary’s Iffley and the Oxford Deaf Church. Andy used to work in London and the South East as a community organiser and then with young offenders in Oxfordshire. Andy enjoys adventurous travel, music, playing sport and spending time with his wife Emma and sons Hugo and Louis.

E: andy@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

The Revd Adam Dickens

Chaplain to the Cathedral

Adam joined Derby Cathedral in the Spring of 2014. The main focus of his work is as Anglican Chaplain at the University. Prior to arriving, Adam was in Dorset where he had been living as part of two different Christian communities, latterly at Hilfield Friary with the Anglican Franciscans, and prior to that at The Pilsdon Community, living alongside those struggling with poor mental health, addiction, and homelessness. He has also worked in parishes in inner-city Portsmouth and Worcestershire. Adam is married to Teresa and enjoys many things in life including the countryside, sport, and the arts (both high and low culture!)

E: adampdickens@hotmail.co.uk
T: 07982 520372

Lay Chapter

Canon Mark Titterton

Lay member of Chapter

Mark is a lay member of the Chapter and Chair of the Chapter’s finance committee, as well as being a former Warden of the Cathedral. He is also treasurer of Edensor Parish in the Peak District, where he lives. He is, in addition, Executive Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

 

Janet Love

The Hon David Legh

Lay member of Chapter

David joined the chapter in March 2010. He was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2006-7 and has since taken a keen interest in the Cathedral. He is a Chartered Surveyor in general practice and combines this with farming and landowning interests at Cubley where he and his family have lived for 30 years.

David is married to Jane,  a non-stipendiary priest in the South Dales & Longford 8 benefices. They have four children and three grandchildren. If ever marooned on a desert island, David would insist on a guitar as his luxury.
Janet Love

Brian Dollamore

Lay member of Chapter

Brian Dollamore is former Chairman of the Derby Diocesan Board of Finance and a former Church Warden in the diocese.  He is a devoted father of three, and a grandfather too.  Brian joined the Chapter in 2011.

 

Val Grahl

Lay member of Chapter

Val has worshipped at Derby Cathedral since 1987; she is currently one of the Cathedral Wardens and became a lay member of the Chapter in April 2014. Val is the mother of two sons who were both head choristers in the Cathedral Choir and she also sings with the Cathedral Voluntary Choir.

Before retirement, Val worked with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special schools and was a school governor. When not at the Cathedral, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, enjoys bird-watching and visiting National Trust properties.

Vergers

Tony Grantham

John Hawes

Dean's Verger

John commenced working at the Cathedral in January 2012, coming from St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, where he worked as a verger. Prior to this he was administrator at St Mary’s, Primrose Hill, London following a career in public and prison libraries.

John is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Cathedral under the direction of the Cathedral Administrator. Along with his colleagues, John prepares the Cathedral for its many, varied functions.

Away from work, John enjoys bell ringing, motorcycling, photography and real ale and is looking forward to getting to know Derbyshire better.

E: vergers@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 345848  
Mat Mawson

Mat Mawson

Canons' Verger

Mat has worked at the Cathedral since March 2008. Mat looks after the building, keeping it clean and tidy as well as setting up and taking part in the daily round of services. Mat's role also involves assisting the Clergy on a day-to-day basis.

Mat originally trained as a chef and worked in the Hospitality industry until starting at the Cathedral.

Mat was baptised and confirmed after joining the Cathedral in September 2008 which he says was "a great experience" making him feel "much more a part of the Christian faith & community."

Mat's interests outside of work include walking and going to the Cinema and when time allows, Mat is a keen golf player.

Music Department

Peter goud

Peter Gould

Master of the Music

Peter has been an integral part of music at the Cathedral for over 30 years! Peter is in charge of the music at worship services almost daily. He also co-ordinates the Derby Cathedral Choirs. All sing very regularly in the Cathedral, Diocese and occasionally abroad too.

In January 2009, Peter was awarded an honorary degree by Derby University for his musical work in the Cathedral, City and County. He is to retire in January 2015.

E: pdgould@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 202231

Tom Corfield  

Tom Corfield

Assistant Organist

Tom’s duties include accompanying the Cathedral Choir and running the Voluntary Choir. Tom was appointed in 1985 and combines his Cathedral work with part-time teaching.

E: tom@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 202231  

Commercial Enterprises

Peter Goddard

Cathedral Bookshop Manager

Peter opened Derby Cathedral bookshop on 18th June 2012. He has over 27 years’ experience of working in the Christian books and gifts field in Derby city centre alone and joined us following the closure of Wesley Owen. Peter is passionate about ensuring that Derby retains a Christian bookshop, believing (as we all do) that it provides a much valued service to Derby, Derbyshire and beyond.

E: peter.goddard@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

Simon Pleydell

Cathedral Café Manager

Simon opened the refurbished Cathedral Café on 28th June 2012. He has lived and worked in London as a chef for 26 years before deciding to relocate to Derby, his childhood home. Simon specialises in soups, cakes and quiches and his reputation for good quality homemade food is beginning to spread!

E: simon@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

Mandy Thomas

Bookshop Assistant

Mandy has worked in the Christian books field for over 4 years, and in the retail industry (pharmacy) for over 20 years. Mandy enjoys playing the piano, and lists DIY among her hobbies.

Debby Webster

Bookshop Assistant

Debby has worked in the Christian books field for over 8 years and in the retail industry (ladies clothing) for a further 6 years. Debby is fond of listening to music and lists walking amongst her hobbies.

 

Administration

   
Viv Lawrence

Jackie Croft

Cathedral Administrator

Jackie joined the Cathedral staff in September 2011 as Administrator.  Jackie came to Derby to work at Rolls-Royce and worked there for 11 years as a Senior HR and Training professional.

At every opportunity Jackie loves to walk along any sea-front, especially on the Lincolnshire coast, before settling down with a good book and a cup of tea in the sand dunes!

E: Jackie@derbycathedral.org
T:
01332 341201 ext 24

Peter Holdridge

Peter Holdridge

Finance Manager

Peter has worked for the Cathedral since 2004. In his role as Finance Officer, Peter is responsible for all of the Cathedral finances, including the Coffee Shop and Car Park.

Outside of work, Peter’s interests include cricket, charities supporting autistic children and watching films.

E: peterh@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201 ext 21  
Irene Minton

Irene Minton

Senior Administration Assistant

Irene has worked at the Cathedral for a number of years, starting originally as a volunteer and presently sharing the post of Senior Administration Assistant with her colleague, Kim Milner. Between them Irene and Kim oversee the Cathedral diary, manage the production of the Cathedral’s weekly sheet, events leaflet and Outlook as well as many other tasks. There is never a dull moment! Before she came to the Cathedral, Irene worked at Rolls Royce as a secretary. Irene likes to keep fit, cook, and has a keen interest in fashion and the arts.

E: irene@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201 ext 20    

Kim Milner

Senior Administration Assistant

Kim has worked in the Cathedral Office for a number of years. She shares her post with her colleague, Irene Minton. Kim is also an active member of the Cathedral congregation, and enjoys assisting as a volunteer on the Stewarding team and the Cathedral coffee rota. In her spare time, Kim enjoys shopping with her daughter in London, and walking her Westie, Millie.

E: kim@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201

Lucille Parsisson

Lucille Parsisson

PA to the Dean and Canon Precentor

Lucille’s role is to provide administrative support to the Dean and Canon Precentor in the Cathedral office. From diary management to helping organise Cathedral and civic services, Lucille is kept busy and challenged on a daily basis.

Lucille is a self confessed ‘history nerd’ with a love for architecture, especially Cathedrals. She is also a keen Nottingham Forest supporter which she finds ‘challenging’ working in the centre of Derby!

E: lucille@derbycathedral.org
T: 01332 341201 ext 27      

Viv Lawrence

Viv Lawrence

Schools Education Officer

Viv joined the Cathedral staff in 2010 having worshipped at the Cathedral for more than 20 years. Born in Nottingham she is an experienced primary school teacher having worked in Derby City and County for many years as a music specialist, which she combines with her role at the Cathedral. When not teaching she enjoys singing in the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir and Derby Choristers. She loves world travel, gardening, good food and the company of family and friends. She is secretly quite fond of fast cars and Star Trek.

T: 01332 341201 ext 29
Geoff Robson

Geoff Robson

Exhibitions Officer

Geoff has been worshipping at the Cathedral since moving to Derby in 1993. He became Exhibitions Officer in 2003 after the Queen opened the Cathedral Centre.

Part of Geoff’s role is to process all applications for exhibitions following the Chapter’s Policy, to promote the Christian Faith and support the local community.

Geoff previously worked in education, becoming an HMI staff inspector before retirement.

In addition to art and architecture, Geoff enjoys classical music, and in particular thinks the Cathedral's music is outstanding.

T: 01332 346080  
Derek Limer

Derek Limer

Keeper of the Treasures

Derek has been a server at both the Cathedral and Bridge Chapel for over 30 years. Following his early retirement from staff of Lloyds Bank in 2003 he became a member of the Cathedral’s team of visitor guides.

With the opening of the Cathedral Treasury in 2003 by HM the Queen, he has been responsible for the maintenance of the Treasury. Liaising with parishes in the Derby Diocese who wish to loan their silver etc for exhibition and is always available to parishes about their silver and textiles.

A Vice President of Derby Civic Society and former Chairman of The Friends of Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derek is always keen to promote Derby’s great industrial and cultural heritage.

E: dereklimer@btinternet.com
T: 01332 345548  
John Howarth

John Howarth

Head Server

John's primary role is to organise and train the servers who assist the clergy in the Cathedral's main services. John has been involved with the Cathedral for over 50 years.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, John worked for engineering companies in Derby until retirement and served as a Magistrate for over 20 years. He has been involved in Scouting since he was a boy and continues to assist when required.

John Armitage

Visitors Officer

John became Visitors’ Officer in April 2011, having fulfilled a number of other volunteer roles. His role is to be the first point of contact for groups who wish to visit the Cathedral, to organise those visits and to make sure that the visit itself goes as planned. It is a very busy role and John can be found in the Cathedral most days. He is invariably grateful for the support of his team of volunteer guides who, he says, do all the hard work. Away from the Cathedral, John relishes visits to family who are now well scattered. He is equally happy when out walking, especially when a good real ale pub is coming into view. Lifelong support of Huddersfield Town FC has instilled the resilience necessary for anything life might conjure.

T: 01332 341201
E: visitors@derbycathedral.org

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